The Van's Aircraft RV-7, is a side-by-side two-seater, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft with either tricycle or tailwheel landing gear.
The RV-7 is an all-around sport airplane, with excellent cross-country capability, fine aerobatic qualities and superior handling and capable of
covering long distances at high speed. The RV-7/7A is sold in kit form and as a complete ready-to-fly aircraft by Van's Aircraft of Aurora, Oregon,
USA. Van's Aircraft was founded in 1972 by the American aircraft designer Richard E. VanGrunsven. The RV-7 design is derived from the earlier RV-6,
the main difference being a longer wing with slotted flaps to improve short-field capability. Up to now over 1000 RV-7/7A aircraft are completed.
The ICAO Aircraft Type Designator for both Van's Aircraft RV-7 and RV-7A is RV7.
On 7 July 2008, the amateur-built Van's RV-7 c/n 71881 was registered OO-149 in Belgium. The aircraft was built by Paul Paeleman who started
the project in February 2004, with the kit arriving on 24 June 2004. On 14 August 2008, over 4110 building hours later, the homebuilt Van's
RV-7 OO-149 was flown first. On 14 January 2015, registration OO-149 was cancelled as exported to the Netherlands. On 19 February 2015,
the aircraft was registered PH-IXI in the Dutch register with J. Verroen, Lelystad. The aircraft is powered by a Superior XP IO-360 engine.
The Van's RV-7 PH-IXI was seen during Wings & Wheels 2016 at Hoogeveen airfield in the Netherlands on 28 August 2016.